Children

Religious Education for Children and Youth

Welcome to the UUCA’s Religious Education program. Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or are a member of this congregation, we are pleased you are visiting our website to learn more about our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth. We offer classes for nursery through 8th grade at both our 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. Our youth group meets only at 11:15 a.m.

What to expect on a Sunday morning

Families gather together each Sunday morning in the Sanctuary for a few moments of shared worship. After a Time for All Ages, children and youth depart for Religious Education classes which meet downstairs.  Stop by our RE Welcome Desk if you have any questions. Follow the signs to your child’s class.  Classes end at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Our Director of Lifespan Religious Education (LDRE), LeeAnn Williams , can give you a short tour of the classrooms and show you where your child would go for class before church begins.  If you plan on visiting more than three times throughout the year, we ask that you complete a registration form, which is available from the LDRE, or you can find one at the Welcome Desk in the lower lobby on Sunday morning.  Completing this form will get you signed up for communications and announcements from the RE program.

Child Dedications

We welcome babies and young children into our religious community in this moving ceremony, during a worship service or in a private family ceremony.  We celebrate the promise of a child’s life and bestow a blessing on the child’s name.  Contact our Director of Congregation Life Sarah Masters for more information.

Our Philosophy of Religious Education

We seek to provide children and youth with an environment that is nurturing and supportive; one that encourages personal exploration and grounds them in our Unitarian Universalist faith.  Our Religious Education program is designed to both promote individual self-exploration and give children knowledge of UU values and principles. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages and empowers children to seek and to learn. Our Sunday morning experience is a fun and active part of our community. Our children and youth laugh, grow, make friends, explore tough questions, and sometimes even try to change the world.

Nursery

Loving and attentive childcare is available for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in our Nursery.  Sunday morning childcare opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 12:45 p.m.  Childcare is provided downstairs in our nursery.

Preschool—Kindergarten: Spirit Play

This program, based on the Montessori method, is designed to nurture children’s spiritual growth, creativity and connection to the Unitarian Universalist community through storytelling and interactive play.

1st—4th Grade: UU Identity

Children begin to learn and explore our UU faith, history, stories, values, rituals, and Principles.  Special focus is given to fostering social relationships among children and creating a sense of connection to our congregation and to Unitarian Universalism.

5th  Grade —Judeo-Christian Studies

This program is designed to provide our children with a connection to our Judeo-Christian heritage.  Timeless themes gleaned from both Old and New Testaments are explored though storytelling and interactive games, crafts, and activities.

Youth – Middle/High School